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New face at MIB: Kristina Rapuoano

Kristina Rapuano from Dartmouth College, USA visits MIB for 6 months to work on projects investigating the neural dynamics of reward and hedonic experience.

21.08.2016 | Hella Kastbjerg

Kristina is a visiting PhD student working with Prof. Morten Kringelbach as part of a collaborative fellowship (Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide) between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF). Broadly, she is interested in understanding how pleasurable experiences are constructed in the brain and how these hedonic representations interface with reward motivation. Using cutting edge techniques currently being developed by Prof. Kringelbach and colleagues, she is working on projects within the Hedonia: TrygFonden Research Group exploring the spatiotemporal dynamics of reward processing in the brain, such as pleasure elicited from listening to music and potential interactions with altered states of consciousness induced by psychedelics.

At Dartmouth College, Kristina is supervised by Prof. William Kelley within the Brain Imaging Lab where she is conducting research aimed at understanding the relationships between neural responses to real-world cues and appetitive behaviors, such as overeating and risky drinking. Ultimately, reconciling the separable and overlapping aspects of motivation and hedonic experience may contribute to a better understanding of psychiatric conditions characterized by anhedonia or deficits in reward processing.

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